Alumni Notebook: Cena plays key role in win |

Alumni Notebook: Cena plays key role in win

Josh Cena, a 2011 Nevada Union graduate, helped the Lewis and Clark College Pioneers (Portland, Ore.) football team in a high-powered offensive display Saturday to earn their first win of the season in their homecoming game 60-30 over Puget Sound.

On special teams Cena was 3-for-3 on PAT attempts and hit a 24 yard field goal. He also had an 8-yard punt return and added five tackles and grabbed an interception on defense. The defense allowed just one touchdown in the first half and 74 yards rushing for the game.

Lewis and Clark (1-3) takes on Pacific Lutheran Saturday.

Austin Marks (Nevada Union, ’13) Stetson University — Marks made his first start at tight end for the Hatters this Saturday in a 35-15 loss to Butler University in Indianapolis.

For the game he had a team-high three receptions that went for 24 yards. The Hatters trailed 9-7 at halftime, but were outscored 26-8 the rest of the way.

Stetson (1-4) hits the field against Dayton Saturday in DeLand, Fla.

Cole Hannum (Nevada Union, ’13); Sacramento State— Hannum and the Hornets rose to the occasion for homecoming Saturday and gave their fans something to cheer about in a 37-21 victory over Northern Colorado.

Hannum wrapped up three tackles in the win from his linebacker position and the defense held Northern Colorado to just 46 yards rushing on 21 carries, an average of only 2.2 yard per carry. Sac State trailed 7-0 early, but roared back and never trailed after taking a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter.

The Hornets (3-3) host Northern Arizona Saturday.

Broughan Jantz (Nevada Union, ’10); University of Sioux City — Jantz and the Cougars pulled out an exciting 55-48 road win Saturday versus Southwest Minnesota.

Jantz, who played quarterback for Nevada Union, wrapped up five tackles on defense as his squad allowed the Mustangs to rack up 828 yards of total offense. Yet the Cougars escaped with the win on a 17-yard touchdown run to give them the lead with 44 seconds to play.

The Cougars (3-2) host Winona State University Saturday.

Braaten Sill (Nevada Union, ’13); Yuba City College — Sill and the 49ers blew a 10-0 lead Saturday and wound up falling 27-10 Saturday versus San Jose.

Sill put one through the uprights from 40 yards out and converted his only PAT attempt all in the first quarter. He also had four kickoffs that traveled for a combined 198 yards, an average of 48.5 per kick. However, San Jose took over from there and scored 27 unanswered points for the win.

Yuba (2-2) hosts Feather River Saturday.

Dillon Huffman (Bear River, ’12); Humboldt State University — Huffman and the Lumberjacks still couldn’t get their first win of the season Saturday as they came up short in a 21-13 loss against Central Washington.

The sophomore defensive lineman wrapped up four tackles and Humboldt State only allowed 250 yards of total offense. The Jacks had a 7-0 lead through the first quarter and tacked on a field goal to head into the locker room trailing 14-10, but little was accomplished after that.

Humboldt State (0-5) travels to take on Western Oregon Saturday.

Taylor King (Nevada Union, ’11); Western Oregon University — King started at center for the Western Oregon Wolves Saturday in a tough 34-32 home loss against Azusa Pacific.

Behind King and the Wolve’s offensive line, Western Oregon racked up 58 yards rushing and 257 yards passing. The Wolves trailed 34-19 in the fourth quarter and scored twice to have a potential 2-pt conversion to tie it, but came up empty.

Western Oregon (2-3) hosts Humboldt State for its homecoming game Saturday.

Cole Stanford (Nevada Union, ’09); Cal Poly — Stanford and the Mustangs suffered a 24-10 loss at home Saturday to Yale.

The senior captain had two receptions for 29 yards and three carries for 12. The Mustangs committed four turnovers and Yale finished strong with 14 unanswered points.

Cal Poly (2-3) hosts Weber State Saturday.


Rachel Hadley (Nevada Union, ’13); Cal State San Marcos — Hadley and the Lady Cougars split a pair of matches last week as they defeated La Sierra Tuesday but lost to Concordia Thursday.

Hadley, an outside hitter, played in all 7 of the team’s sets and tallied 19 points as she smacked down 17 kills and finished with 10 digs. On Tuesday the lady Cougars defeated La Sierra 3-1 by margins of 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 and Hadley earned her third consecutive double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. In Thursday’s action the squad fell 3-0 to Concordia 25-17, 25-4 and 25-22.

Cal State San Marcos (19-8) hits the road to take on San Diego Christian Wednesday.

Madison Heppe (Nevada Union, ’12); Swarthmore College — Heppe and the Lady Garnet had a tough week as they fell in both their matches in three straight sets.

Heppe played in all six sets and contributed 23 digs to her squad’s effort. In Tuesday’s match against Washington College the Lady Garnet lost 25-17, 25-17, 26-24 and on Saturday it fell 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 to Gettysburg.

Swarthmore (11-6) hosts Cabrini Tuesday.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college or professional athlete with local ties, e-mail or call (530) 477-4232.

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